$50K bail set for alleged ‘ice’ trafficker

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The Superior Court set Monday a bail of $50,000 for a man who was allegedly caught trafficking methamphetamine or “ice.”

Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth Govendo imposed a $50,000 cash bail for Fernando Cadag Jr. who was allegedly caught selling “ice” worth $100 during a sting operation.

Cadag’s bail was initially set at $100,000 but Govendo decided against maintaining the bail, after Cadag’s lawyer, chief public defender Doug Hartig, argued that Cadag was caught after a single transaction only.

Cadag’s preliminary hearing is on June 17; he will be arraigned on June 24.

According to court information, Cadag, a Filipino male, is charged with one count of trafficking of a controlled substance. The allegations against him state that he was caught on March 7, 2018, during a sting operation by the Drug Enforcement Task Force, which used a cooperating source.

At 2:09pm that day, a recorded phone conversation between the cooperating source and Cadag alleged that they agreed to meet at the Saipan Vegas Hotel where they’d ride together in Cadag’s vehicle to his home in Susupe where they’d get his supply of “ice.” Later that day, at 3:01pm, the cooperating source met with DETF officers and turned over a small baggie containing a crystalline substance, which later tested for methamphetamine.

Officers noted that Cadag had his 2-year-old son with him when he and the cooperating source made the transaction.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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